Waldo News

By Carolyn Zachary | Jan 04, 2018

By Tom Seymour

Jan. 4, 2018

194 East Waldo Road

Waldo, ME 04915

(207) 338-974

tomgseymour@gmail.com

Waldo Town News

The big snowstorm of January 4-5 is the only news right now. While typing this column on Thursday evening, I wonder if the power will go out. Power outages, not much of a problem until the Central Maine Power, anti-trust breakup, has become commonplace.

In years back, CMP had large maintenance crews. The office on U.S. Route 1 in Belfast was surrounded by a huge lot, filled with rolls of wire, various parts and a fleet of trucks. Now we have pretty much a skeleton crew on hand and most tree trimming is done by companies such as Lucas Tree. Central Maine has issued a supposed-to-be-comforting notice, telling customers that if needed, crews from Connecticut are ready to come to Maine and help.

But Connecticut has its own problems and by the time crews from there arrive in Maine, people who rely upon oil furnaces for heat will already have had to evacuate their homes, a sad state of affairs. We should not need to rely upon out-of-state sources for our own well being.

The problem of not keeping ahead of not only limbs but also leaning trees will not go away soon. And until it does, Waldo residents and those in nearby towns may expect to see frequent and extended power outages.

Under the feeder

Getting away from snow, cold, wind and power outages, I have interesting news. In addition to the male cardinal that makes regular visits to my suet feeders, a pair of tufted titmice (it is proper to call them “titmouses,” but titmouse is the more common name.

The titmice strive with chickadees for a spot at the feeder and they are not at all shy about asserting themselves. Their soulful eyes and distinctive tufts make titmice a favorite bird to watch under the feeder.

Perchin’ prediction

What with bone-chilling temperatures and deep snow, going ice fishing, at least for me, is wishful thinking. Hopefully, decent conditions will return in the near future and we can get out on the ice and enjoy some hardwater sport.

Weekly quote

“You can’t change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying about the future.” — Anon

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